Homily — Easter Sunday MMVII April 8, 2007

Homily — Easter Sunday MMVII April 8, 2007

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The empty tomb is truly empty of Jesus’ body, but it sure is full of spectators this Easter Sunday morning.

Behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to the women at the tomb, St. Luke tells us.

Last night after the Mass, a parishioner asked me “Father, who are those two men at the tomb?” I said, “I don’t know, but I think I’m going to preach about them tomorrow morning.”

And thinking about it later, I bet they are Moses and Elijah, coming back to check out what Jesus told them he’d be doing 40 or so days before at the Transfiguration.

But Moses and Elijah, and the Holy Women weren’t the only ones to high tail it to the tomb early that morning. Matter of fact, the three other Gospels give us three other groups of people whom the women bump into that first Easter.

In Matthew’s Gospel, there’s an Angel of the Lord, who causes a great earthquake and then rolls back the huge sealed stone and sits on it. Sounds like Michael the Archangel to me, but I could be wrong!

In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene sees two angels in white sitting inside the tomb. Gabriel and Raphael, maybe??

And finally, St. Mark recounts one last person met by the Holy Women Easter Sunday morning at the tomb: a young man. . . .clothed in a white robe, who rumor has it is going to be the next pastor of St. Joseph Church Woonsocket!

Angels, young men, Holy Women, men in dazzling garments stand in wonder and awe at the empty tomb this Spring Morning — Jesus is Risen from the Dead!

Peter breaks away from his unbelieving friends, who think its all girlish nonsense, and he also runs to the tomb and sees and believes.

And in this Church, and in Churches throughout the world today, we the disciples of the Crucified and Risen Christ put on our dazzling garments and join alongside the two men and the young boy and the angels and women and Peter and proclaim with them that Christ has truly Risen from the Dead.

And the dazzling garments we wear aren’t so much the Easter Suits and Dresses we bought at the Mall. The real dazzling garments are the Faith Hope and Love Christ has clothed us with by our baptism.

Garments we’ve been shining up these past 40 days of Lent through prayer, fasting, alms giving, and meditating on His Passion.  And no matter how much mud the world throws on these garments, they can’t stain them, they only become more dazzling, as Christ’s own garment of flesh became dazzlingly beautiful on Easter Sunday.

These next 50 days of Easter, may the Risen Christ reveal Himself ever more fully to us.  A blessed Easter to you and your family.

One Response to “Homily — Easter Sunday MMVII April 8, 2007”

  1. I wish that we could have heard, in your homily, an invitation to all of the Easter-only Catholics to come back next week and participate in the great Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday.

    I was a Fallen-away Catholic for 25 years until I was shown my sins.

    Please read: http://www.divinemercysunday.com/open-letter.htm